University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Students use writing camp to hone craft

URBANA — The weeks of summer are dwindling, but 13 local students are so passionate about writing that they're spending the week in a classroom, learning more about their craft.

They're attending a writing camp put on by the University of Illinois Writing Project, where they are expanding their knowledge about genres, how to be inspired and how to share their work.

Former EIU official fined for state ethics violations

A former Eastern Illinois University testing center director has been fined for ethics violations stemming from a state investigation into the hiring of her husband to administer tests to students.

Head of local Sikh group says shooting should be call to action

The leader of a Sikh organization at the University of Illinois said Sunday's temple shooting in Wisconsin shows how important it is to raise awareness about religious beliefs.

Obama names UI grad to chair commission on education

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has named a University of Illinois alumnus and nationally known college administrator to chair the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

UI makes Forbes' top 100 U.S. colleges list

URBANA — The University of Illinois has emerged as a top 100 school listed in "America's Top College's" according to a ranking system released this week from Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Restorer discusses Alma Mater tasks

URBANA — How do you move a 13-foot-tall bronze sculpture prized by generations of University of Illinois students?

Very carefully — with shims, a truck and "a very big crane," according to the man in charge, curator Andrzej Dajnowski.

Dajnowski will oversee the dismantling of the Alma Mater sculpture at Wright and Green streets and its move to his Chicago-area studio next week.

Alma Mater to be dismantled in one day

URBANA — Alma Mater will have to remain at her spot at Green and Wright streets for one extra day.

The conservator leading the restoration of the 83-year-old bronze sculpture has decided to wait until Tuesday to dismantle and transport it to his Chicago-area studio.

UI index up again in July to 4-year zenith

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index continued its steady upward climb in July, reaching 102.9, its highest point in more than four years.

The index — a weighted average of growth rates in corporate earnings, consumer spending and personal income in Illinois — rose from 102.7 in June, according to a release from the UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI denies attempt to break visiting academics' union after terminating bargaining deal

URBANA — The University of Illinois has terminated its collective-bargaining agreement with a campus union after the union voted against ratifying what the university has described as its final offer for a new contract.

Director of UI institute to retire

URBANA — The longtime director of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs plans to retire later this summer.

Robert Rich, director of IGPA from 1986 to 1997 and then again from 2005 until now, said he will retire Aug. 31, for personal, family reasons. He declined to elaborate further.